After a long term, when we have taken significant steps forward in loving God and building community together, it is time to gather together to celebrate and rest in the victory of Jesus. At our Holy Week and Easter Gatherings there will be opportunities to enter into the story of Easter and allow God to speak to you.
Hope is Alive because of Jesus’ Victory!
We’d love you to join us at these these Gatherings:
PALM SUNDAY – 14th April
9am Communion at Westcliffe Hall
Worship, prayer and communion with an Easter theme.
Explore Easter at Fairfax Community Centre, 10:30am
All ages are invited to explore what Easter means, with activities, crafts and refreshments.
Simply Easter at Westcliffe Hall, 3 – 5pm
All are welcome to drop in and explore the Easter story with us. Expect activities, crafts,
hot cross buns and an Easter Egg hunt.
MON – WEDS of HOLY WEEK (15th – 17th April)
9am prayers at Westcliffe Hall
Start your day with half an hour of prayer.
Holy Week Meditations, 7-7:30pm, Westcliffe Hall
Space to worship and reflect on a part of the Holy Week story.
MAUNDY THURSDAY – 18th April
Meals in Communities
Join with others to mark the meal Jesus shared before he died.
Details available from the office.
GOOD FRIDAY – 19th April
Harrogate Churches Walk of Witness
Leaving Wesley Chapel at 11.15am to arrive at the Cenotaph for a service at 11.30am.
An hour by the Cross, Westcliffe Hall, 2:30 – 3:30pm.
An hour of prayer and worship reflecting on the cross.
EASTER SUNDAY – 21st April
Kairos Whole Church Easter Day Celebration,
Westcliffe Hall, 10am
Worship all together with celebratory drinks and chocolate!
Join us from Sunday 20th to Friday 25th March as we worship and prayer together.
7pm The Up, a fantastic opportunity to spend some time with God. Led by Linda Maslen and Cath & Angus from Saturday Gathering.
Monday to Wednesday
The Kairos Room will be open for prayer throughout the day.
There will be gathered times of prayer and worship at 7am, 9am, 12pm, 3:45pm and 8.30pm
Passover meals in MSCs. If you are not sure where to go to then you are warmly invited to join Allsorts and Blaze at 7pm in the Kairos Room. Please let Sarah know if you are coming.
We are joining with Harrogate Churches Together for worship at the Cenotaph. Meet at Wesley Chapel at 11:15 to walk or at the Cenotaph at 11:30pm.
2-4pm: Simply Easter – An afternoon of activities, crafts and fun to explore the Easter story.
8:30pm: Night Prayer
Last night was the start of Base Camp – 7 Weeks to acclimatise to conditions at Kairos.
Join us again next week to look at the key themes of Covenant and Kingdom. Weds 24th September, 7:30pm in the Kairos Room.
Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.’
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
‘They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.’
those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
This is my place of comfort in the bible; I am sure you have a favourite verse or chapter that offers you space to rebuild yourselves. In times of lack of confidence, fear and doubt it is where I end up.
Typically of me I read the end of books first; I don’t like surprises and like to know where I am going! The bible for me is a bit the same. I am secure in the promise Jesus made for all of us by his death on the cross. The accessibility of the New Testament, means that sometimes it is easy to take it for granted, just like a know it all teenager! Yeah, Yeah Yeah, signing and rolling eyes!!!
But the promises shown in the Old Testament really make me marvel in awe, by having an active relationship with God, following his counsel, taking refuge in him, I will have everything I need. I am assured of a delightful inheritance.
However before we get too excited, this is not pink fluffy bunnies, unicorns and Disney princesses. There is a stark warning, no turning towards other God’s or paying homage to icons in our lives in fact don’t even let their name pass your lips in the same way. Because without the comfort and refuge promised you can only expect sorrow heaped after sorrow. I don’t even want to imagine the desolation of not having a relationship with God.
So this summer, secure in the knowledge that God will never abandon you, because he has a vested interest in your life, keep your eyes on him, bask in his unshakeable love for you, allow your heart to be filled with gladness, let your tongue rejoice and enjoy a chance to rest. Rachel Wilkinson
Prayer for the Middle East
As I’ve been reading this Psalm and reflecting on Rachel’s words this week I’ve found my thoughts turning to the situations in the Middle East. I want to encourage you to engage with and pray for what is going on in Iraq and also for Israel and Palestine. If you are planning an informal get-together with Kairos people you might like to make some space to pray then too.
Here are a few links that might help you explore how to pray and respond further:
A message on Gaza from Bishop Nick Baines. This is a week old, but still contains some useful links to ways you can respond.
Prayers for the Middle East – From Christian Aid.
How to pray for the situation in Iraq – from 24-7 Prayer.
On Saturday we’ll be hosting a brunch with some missionary friends of ours who are based in Peru. You are very welcome to come along and find out more about what they are doing. We’ll meet at our our house, 10:30am. If you don’t know where we live then leave a comment over on the FB event and I’ll let you know.
This Sunday we have a usual 9am Communion and also our first 10;30am Summer Gathering. We’d love to see you at one or more of these. Ben.